Re: [orca-list] [ANNOUNCE] libao (new audio driver for speechd including working pulseaudio support).

Well, wrong way or not, it's the way things are going. Considering PA is easier to program for than ALSA, 
supports real resampling and mixing rather than Dmix's attempts, and allows per-application audio device 
specifics, it's more promising than most things we've seen for Linux audio in years. Now, if you have a true 
multi-channel card such as the SB Live or Audigy2 then I can see how you get your opinion, but true 
multi-channel is becoming very rare. If libao supports device selection via PA but sd simply doesn't use it, 
I think it should be implemented through Libao and not through sd for the sake of streamlining the audio. 
Linux audio is a mess as it is, sd doesn't need to make it even more complex by supporting its own device 
selection methods if libao already does.
Personally I like OSS4's API best, but the drivers need more work and most Linux kernel people don't like it.

On Dec 17, 2009, at 12:34, Michael Whapples wrote:

Is the lack of SD being able to specify the device a limitation of libao or the SD libao code? IE. Would it 
be impossible for this driver to support device selection in the future?

Personally I feel output audio device would be fairly required, we should not need pulseaudio to do that, 
as I said, I think pulseaudio is the wrong way to go with audio.

Michael Whapples
On -10/01/37 20:59, Halim Sahin wrote:
When using pulse through libao, you can use pavucontrol to select the
Selecting different audiodevices for E. G. alsa through libao isn't
implemented yet in new libao driver for sd.



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